Questions tagged [motion]

is for moving the cursor around the buffer. Emacs provides key-bindings for alternative ways of moving the cursor interactively: by syntactical elements such as characters and words; by forward and backward searches; by arbitrary lines; by units such as sentences, paragraphs, and s-expressions; and by other methods unique to certain modes.

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How to move the cursor to the end of the read only text?

Say I have text: This read only text ends here>*********************| The This read only text ends here> is read only while the asterisks are are not. When the (move-to-read-only-end) is called, ...
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How to customize scrolling for any action that moves the point?

Say I have an action that moves the point (adds 100 to it for example). It should be possible to wrap this with a function or macro that gives additional behavior, eg: (global-set-key (kbd "<...
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Forward, backward etc sexp not working

I want to use the forward-sexp function in Emacs, which on my Spacemacs for Mac is bound to C-M-f. Similarly for the backward-sexp. However, upon pressing C- for Control, and then the Meta key, which ...
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emacs navigation keys doesn't work when input is not english

I'm korean, and I use english / korean while editing in emacs I mainly used terminal based emacs (emacs -nw) and in there, I can do basic navigation (such as C-e for move to end) in any language I'm ...
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C-e to end of Headline

Something has changed for me, since I upgraded to newer org-mode If I have this * foo ** bar... ** baz... If I put point on "**", then hit C-e to go to the end of line, it only moves point ...
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Spacemacs kept repositioning the cursor when there's unmatched parenthesis

I'm new to Emacs, and there's one thing I don't understand. Suppose there's a file called test.el, which have the following contents: (setq Yes, the parenthesis is not closed, because I haven't ...
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Is there a way to move region with arrow keys or similar?

Say I have a function int calc(int that, int this); I want to mark int that and then move it right across words by hitting modifier arrow key (or similar) twice to get int calc(int this, int that); ...
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How can I find corresponding balanced parentheses?

I have this LaTeX code: \caption{Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet: foo), bar), baz) and qux) consectetuer adipiscing elit.} I want to put a marker immediately before the first { and one immediately after ...
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Make forward-list search for specific symbol only

Is there a way to make forward-list and backward-listsearch for specific symbols (such as 「」『』) only? I have code that make use of these functions to iterate through 「」『』 pairs in plain text. But ...
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Move point inwards while counting number of nested parentheses without throwing an error

I would like to write a function that counts the number of nested parentheses while moving the cursor to the innermost bracket without throwing an error. (defun count-and-move () (interactive) ...
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org: move point to beginning of an item

When in org-mode, how to move point to the beginning of the current item? (in similar fashion like back-to-indentation) Example: Imagine following org buffer content * headline - [ ] Z this is an ...
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How do I capitalize the first words of sentences in some buffer text?

I know how to convert a string to upper case, to lower case, or to title case. But the operation I do most frequently writing English text is to fix up capitalization so a sentence or group of ...
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Automatic “push-mark” when navigating with xref, find-grep, etc?

There seem to be a lot of situations, where a command changes the cursor location (point), but no mark is pushed, making navigating back by popping the mark with C-u SPC impossible. For isolated use-...
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How to navigate in a Dired buffer?

window 10, Emacs 26.1, Dired+ Suppose I open in Dired+ mode some folder: d:/TEMP/test_folder/folder2/ I need next: When press button "End" then go to the last file in the folder. Like this: When ...
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How to jump multiple lines in emacs?

Suppose I want to jump x amount of lines up or down. Is there a convenient command for it?
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Stop Emacs From Moving Text / Point to Bottom of Screen

I don't fully understand what is happening but I would like it to stop - I am using org-mode and ESS, and when I am in an R src block, things like hitting tab to auto-indent a line of code cause point ...
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Move specified lines down with C-(N) C-n

I could move next 4 lines with C-u C-n, Additionally, try to move next 6 lines with C-6 C-n, but it did only one line down in effect. What's wrong with my usage?
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How to tell Occur to show the line in the top of the buffer

I usually use occur to make an index of the beginning of different things. When I jump to the occurrence, Occur shows the line in the middle of the buffer. How can I instruct occur to show the ...
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How to calculate a point N lines from another point in elisp?

Given a point, how can I get the point N lines before/after it? Will post own answer, but I'm not sure it's optimal.
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How to define a custom function that runs a command twice?

In dired mode, 'm trying to make a function that runs dired-next-line twice and then bind to SPC so that I navigate files faster in dired mode. I tried to add this in my dired.el file but it didn't ...
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decrease initial delay for line-up/line-down movement

so every time I press C-n or C-p for moving the point up and down and keep pressing n or p I move several lines. However, after the first line move, there is a delay before the point is moving down in ...
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Is there an emacs command to go to end of code line (before line comment and whitespaces start)

say you have that: stuff indented stuff # commented stuff We already got move-beginning-of-line and back-to-indentation for the left side. Now, for the right side... I'd love to know if you ...
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how to define an evil-operator to move forward/backward a text-object?

I am trying to define a function that moves to the begin/end of current text-object. First - I define an operator: (evil-define-operator evil-forward-text-object (beg end type) "move to end of ...
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Jump to non-whitespace characters along a column

I'd like to have a command that moves down to the first line of the next string of nonwhitespace characters along the current column, and the analogous commands that move upward, and to the last line ...
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How can I get working motion keys with `emacs -nw`?

when I start Emacs without windowing system (-nw), the motion keys are not working. Instead, I get (parts of) the escape sequences, like: ;; This buffer is for text that is not saved, and for Lisp ...
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Move to beginning of line when top arrow is pressed in beg-of-buffer line

Like in all modern editors, including the SE Q&A fields, I'd like my cursor to move to the beginning of the first line, when I press the Up arrow on the first line of a buffer. Currently, it stays ...
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Ignore tags in `org-end-of-line` and similar motions

Is there a convenient function for jumping to the last non-tag character in the line of an org-mode heading? For instance... * This is |my header :tag1:tag2: I would like a command that moves ...
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Slowness opening and moving around within large files

I'm running spacemacs 0.200.13 on emacs 25.3.1 from a macOS 10.12 machine. In some scenarios, things feel very sluggish. They get worse as a dozen buffers or so are opened during the day. From the ...
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Enable Evil jump to work across all panes instead of only active pane

Is there a way to enable evil-jump-forward and evil-jump-backward to use the jump list of all panes instead of only the active pane? In the gif below, here's what happens: Start on left pane at ...
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Move point to just before end of a comment

Given that the point is right in front of a comment, how do I move it to the end of the comment, but before the comment end markers? For example: for a C++ // xxx comment, I would like to move the ...
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Spacemacs visual line navigation not working

Running spacemacs 0.200.13 on emacs 25.2.2 on Kubuntu 18.04. In ~/.spacemacs, there is: (global-visual-line-mode t) (add-hook 'text-mode-hook #'visual-line-mode) So, when I open a text file, I see ...
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Unexpected behavior using SHIFT+arrows and CTRL+arrows on emacs (orgmode) + terminal + mosh + screen

I am connecting in a machine using a terminal, mosh and then screen. Then, in my orgmode file I can't use the shortcuts like SHIFT+up, SHIFT+left or CTRL+up etc. If I press that, it produces something ...
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is there a keybinding to save curor position for returning after viewing other section of same buffer?

when i am editing a large file, often need to view other sections of the same buffer only once. But after that I need to go back to the position I was editing at. Is there a key for doing that?
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Move cursor left/right while entering isearch

How can I move my cursor left and right while entering my isearch text? isearch-forward Enter some text Press cursor left to edit the search text Argh! Emacs returns the cursor to the main buffer. ...
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Skip vertical whitespace/non-whitespace blocks (sort of vertical M-f / M-b)

Say the point is on the 0 here: as0sasasa asasasasa as1sasasa asa as3sasasa asasasasa as2sasasa I'd like to have a command – like a vertical forward-word – that when run repeatedly would jump ...
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How can I run (recenter) after (call-interactive …) that jumps to a buffer?

I would like to jump to a buffer using rtags for eg. Example snippet: (defun generic-lookup () "Follow link/goto line." (interactive) (cond ((string= major-mode "c-mode") (progn ...
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How to use a menu to jump between sections of a document?

I would like to define my own rules for what a section of a document is, then use this so I can popup a list of sections I can auto-complete or use arrow keys to jump between them. Take a simple ...
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Make evil paragraphs behave like vim paragraphs

I have moved from vim to emacs using evil-mode. I've found that I prefer emacs (as long as I can edit text vim style), but I have one small inconvenience. I've found, mainly while writing prose, but ...
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New line in cursor-intangible area and line-beginning position

I want to make the beginning of a line uneditable, which I can achieve by applying the read-only and cursor-intangible properties. But I have the problem, that line-beginning-position moves point not ...
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Custom keybinding for jumping down 2 lines on spacemacs (evil-mode)

What I want is to have the option to scroll faster. Currently when in evil-mode normal state when I press j evil-next-visual-line is called. If I hold jthen the cursor moves down. What I want is ...
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Make prelude C-a go to the absolute beginning of the line

Emacs prelude "smartens" C-a by rebinding it to "crux-move-beginning-of-line" My muscle memory likes the vanilla emacs setting better, where C-a moves point to the absolute beginning of the line. ...
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Move cursor to beginning of visible text in current buffer

Is there a shortcut key combination for moving the cursor to the beginning, resp. end, of the visible text in the current buffer, i.e. to the first, resp. last, cursor position that can be seen on the ...
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Navigating lisp

I want to programmatically navigate emacs lisp (and similar "nested paren code"). Specific functions I want: Go to first child (which errors if there are no children (maybe lispy-outline-goto-child ...
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Moving around within xml documents?

Are there any useful functions / modes / hydras / utilities for navigating xml documents? Some features that might be nice to have: Jump to parent Jump to next child Jump to matching tag (like % in ...
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Lispy: recommended way to exit a string?

I'm trying to get a hang of lispy for editing and navigating Lisp code. My assumption is that most of the keymap choices are made to offer convenience in practice. Some practical tasks involve more ...
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Move to goal-column inserting spaces if necessary

I have a bunch of lines of text and I'm trying to insert text starting at a certain column on each line. For example: 'Some text' This is ok 'Another longer text' ask Ram 'weird stuff' ...
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Is it possible to use avy to jump to known positions in a buffer?

I want to use avy to jump to fields in a bibtex entry. I have only found a way to use a regex to specify jump places in avy so far. I don't want to just build a regex to match the fields in an entry, ...
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How to jump to matching (double or single) quote of a quoted string?

When cursor on one quote symbol, how to jump to the pairing quote?
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goto-chg stops at undo branch point?

I'm using package goto-chg to move cursor to the last edit. It works great most of the time, but it sometimes said "No further change info" even though there were more changes. Using undo-tree's ...
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Moving cursor to the middle of the line where it currently is

Is there a way to define a function that, when called, would move the cursor to the middle (or close to the middle) of the current line, similarly to how we can move it to the beginning and end of the ...